Dee Gordon opened the game with a flare single to center and he quickly reached second base on a wild pitch. He would be left stranded however, as Arizona Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson navigated his way through the next Los Angeles Dodgers batters.
With a lifetime 3-5 record at Chase Field, Clayton Kershaw retired the Diamondbacks in order in the bottom of the first, picking up two strikeouts. Juan Uribe singled in the second but was erased on an inning-ending double play.
After Cody Ross drew a four-pitch walk, Martin Prado to runners on the corners with a high chopper that bounced over Adrian Gonzalez’s head. The Diamondbacks took the lead on a two-RBI triple from Cliff Pennington and Tuffy Gosewisch added to it with an RBI single to give them a 3-0 lead. The floodgates then opened as the Diamondbacks collected two more RBI triples, an RBI double and RBI single to hold a 7-0 lead at the end of the third.
Kershaw was pulled after he walked Ross for the second time in the inning and his 1.2 innings pitched marked the second shortest start of his career. Puig gave the Dodgers some life with a two-run shot in the third that pulled the Dodgers to within 7-2.
After recording the final out in the second inning, Wright got through the third without allowing more damage, but wasn’t as fortunate in the fourth. Chris Owings led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run and Paul Goldschmidt scored on a fielder’s choice to give the Diamondbacks a 9-2 lead.
Brandon League relieved Wright in the fifth and held the Diamondbacks to nothing more than a two-out single. The Dodgers then got to Anderson in the sixth on a three-run Carl Crawford homer that came after a Gonzalez single and Matt Kemp double.
Evan Marshall replaced Anderson after Crawford’s home run and immediately gave up a single to Uribe. An Alfredo Marte error allowed Uribe to get to third and A.J. Ellis to reach second. Both runners scored on an Andre Ether pinch-hit double that got the Dodgers within 9-7.
The Diamondbacks answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Prado. Hanley Ramirez and Gonzalez led off the seventh inning with consecutive singles, but the Dodgers squandered the opportunity to cut into their deficit.
Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer on a full count with two outs in the seventh to extend the Diamondbacks lead to 13-7. Chris Perez relieved Withrow and gave up an RBI double to Gerardo Parra before he could end the inning.
For good measure, pinch-hitter Eric Chavez and A.J. Pollock hit back-to-back solo home runs that gave the Diamondbacks a 16-7 lead. Perez was relieved by backup catcher Drew Butera after Pollock’s home run, for his second outing in four days.
Buter allowed a double and two-run homer to Goldschmidt and the Diamondbacks took an 18-7 lead to the ninth. Addison Reed pitched the final inning, allowing only a two-out single before recording the third out.
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